Patrick achieved his Law Degree at the University of Leicester, graduating in 1999. Patrick was called to the Bar in June 2000 and went on to teach Law at Nottingham and Leicester Universities between 2000 and 2001. He specialises in Family Law focused on all Children Act matters and Family Finance. He has a particular specialism in issues around same sex couples, surrogacy and sperm donation.
Patrick has represented clients in numerous same sex cases in the High Court and is able to bring a mature and insightful sensitivity to such cases. He has also built a considerable reputation dealing with cases of alienation. Furthermore, Patrick has a considerable practice in Trust of Land matters and cohabitation disputes.
Patrick is a qualified mediator and accepts instructions for mediation on all relevant areas within which he works.
Patrick is qualified for public access and has dealt with a considerable number of matters on that basis. He accepts instructions on a public access basis on all areas within which he works.
Patrick is a member of a number of professional organizations including the following: Family Law Bar Association, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Institute of Family Law Arbitrators.
Patrick was born and grew up in Ireland. He moved to the UK in 1980 when he was 20 years old. He worked for many years as a hotel manager and publican before achieving his law degree and qualifying for the Bar. He has spent all his working life working with people and he has accumulated considerable life experience which serves him very well at the Bar.
Patrick has a reputation as an insightful and robust advocate in his clients cause. He brings a sensitivity to how he relates to his lay clients which places him in considerable demand where sensitive and careful handling is required.
“Patrick is an absolute credit to your firm. He had taken the time and trouble to read the background to this case and made the parent feel like he “knew” the case. He was brilliant at putting her at ease, speaking to her at her level and gave her the confidence to express that she would want him acting for her for the duration of her case. He is a barrister I would certainly recommend in the future.”